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Video: Primordial Dwarfism, Source of Leprechaun Legends?

Kenadie (primordial dwarfism) w Jake Petruzzelli (Achondroplastic Dwarfism) Both age 2

According to littlekenadie.com:

Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley … was born Feb.13, 2003, weighing just 2 lbs, 8 ounces. Doctors were at a loss as to why she was born so small … at the age of 8 months, Kenadie was finally diagnosed with primordial€ dwarfism, a genetic condition that is believed to affect only about 100 people in the world. She isn’t expected to grow past about 30 inches or weigh more than 8 pounds…. Nearing the age of four, Kenadie now walks, runs, laughs, smiles and is beginning to talk.

This is the most amazing family portrait! As I see it, Kendie raises the possibility that WE are the hobbits, angels, leprechauns , etc. from our own legends! The right two people getting together who carry these rare genes will have this amazing result… which happens about once for every 3 million kids born.

If Kendie were to meet a male with primordial dwarfism, and if they were to have children, would the odds be 50% that they would have children of their same stature? Or… is it possible that two people with the genes for primordial dwarfism to have a human child as small to them as they are to us?

Meanwhile, back down to Earth, as you can imagine raising Kenadie presents special challenges. If you’d like to help you can donate on littlekenadie.com (PayPal accepted).

Some history:

Caroline Crachami was the first recognized individual with primordial dwarfism. She was born in Palermo, Italy in 1815. The exact history is unclear, but she traveled with a “Dr. Gilligan” with whom she did many appearances and exhibitions in London. Various descriptions arose from these exhibitions. She reportedly knew enough English to express herself fluently and her voice was described as thin and high-pitched.

Shortly before her death in 1824, a journalist named William Jerdan published her measurements. Her height was 19 ¬Î© inches, the length of her foot, 3 1/8 inches and the length of her forefinger, 17/8 inches. Her head circumference was measured at 123/8 inches and her waist circumference, 11 ¬º inches. He wrote:

“Only imagine a creature about half as large as a new-born infant; perfect in all its parts and lineaments, uttering words in a strange, unearthly voice, understanding what you say and replying to your questions. Imagine I say, this figure of about 19 ¬Î© inches in height and 5 pounds in weight, and you will have some idea of this most extraordinary phenomenon.” – pd

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I wouldn’t call it a dis-ease. If you are not ill, it is not…It should not be called a dis-ease.… Read more »

Mary
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Mary

Kenadie is an adorable girl. I am sending love, hugs and kisses to her <3

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kelly

What a cutie-pie! She’s adorable! Maybe that’s where the legend of angels came from – it’s n easy mistake to… Read more »

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karimullah v

beautiful angle in god’s creation

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Lauren d

Awww How cute bless this child.

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msafsdf

I also have this disease.

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nonina

What a cutie

BEETU
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BEETU

Dear God,bless this child of yours with blissness and joy for the rest of her life

Maryna Lindeque
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Maryna Lindeque

The Little Angel has touched my heart! I wish someone would find more news about her. She must be about… Read more »

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Halie Michelle

aww!! i freaking love her 🙂 shes a little dolly. im 13 an i think that this amazing young girl… Read more »

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cathy ross

my name is cathy and i stay in a little town called forres in morayshire scotland. i would like to… Read more »

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Jenninfer Johnson

Kenadie is a special girl and I love her pictures and her story. I was wondering if she is able… Read more »

Kinky and Karlie
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Kinky and Karlie

Also we saw a show about her and we agree you guys are very blessed with you little girl.

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Kinky and Karlie

Hi my name is kayleigh but everyone calls me kinky its my middle name, I am 13 and doing a… Read more »

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stormi & lacie

hi…we watched the show of Kenadie and she’s just the cutest little girl we’ve ever seen!!! we truly agree she… Read more »

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mojo

This one made me luagh

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I just saw a program on kennedie last night and by now she’s about 6years old? She is so adorable.… Read more »

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Cassidy

KEnadie is simply amazing. i have always had a big place in my heart for kids who may get teased… Read more »

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Biggletum

She looks like a Gelfling. She’s so pretty.

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noelia rojas

i think shes adorable i have a 2 year old son whos small too hes bone delayed has microcephaly and… Read more »

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alizia

she so cute!!! aw 🙂 shes laike an angel!!

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Carol Talbot

I think she is so beautiful. Like a porcelain doll. A beautiful angel!

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maria

hey When I first saw this kenedy on T.V. i was so amazed ofhow much she can do and when… Read more »

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Hi,my name is victor and I am a Nigrian.I received a package from lpa a few years back and I… Read more »

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Nicole Knott

Hey hey wuzzup! I’m 13 years old! Uhhhh….do what now? Oh yeah, I just wanna say to all of ya… Read more »

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jule

lol ya we culd 😀

isabella
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isabella

hey julie

isabella
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isabella

ummmm sure of course ewe can hang out some time over a cup of hot chocolate and discuss dwarfism.

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hi im a girl at your skool
um maybe we culd hang out sumtime

isabella
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isabella

mackenzie you are right!!!!

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jule

hey i think your soooo right <33 ;D

im short tooo

isabella
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isabella

you are so right i love your words of wisdom.

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isabella

oh my goodness looking at these pictures makes me realize that i am not short, but don’t worry kenadie it… Read more »

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Gina

I’m doing a project on primordial dwarfism and i must say that Kenadie is a inspiration to mothers out there,… Read more »

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Nicole Knott

I’m sorry, is this all right if I just sorta look around and stuff?

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cheryl ohlin

I think you are so lucky to have such a wonderful child. We all wish our kids would stay little… Read more »

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Sienna

I’m 13 years old and i saw kenadie’s show on discovery channel or sumthin and i just thought she was… Read more »

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Kathryn

She’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and the video. You are truly blessed to have such… Read more »

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Riina

Hello, I think it’s wonderful that there are people with different shape, look, size, colour, whatsoever. If everybody would be… Read more »

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Dominique

Hi, I’m Dominique and I’m 13 years old. I was just showing my little sister who is 5 pictures of… Read more »

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Blondie

HEEYYYYY!!! My name is Kaitlin I am 12 years old. Whats kool is that me and Kenadie are opposites. I… Read more »

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Nicole Knott

Is this alright if I call her princess?

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I have watched the special on Kenadie numerous times. Last night I viewed the special on the little nine year… Read more »

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Hello, I just wanted to say hello to you all. And say that I absolutely love Kenadie. I am 23… Read more »

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Sara Foster

I just wanted to say that Kenadie has touched my heart so much. I was pregnant when i first heard… Read more »

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lynn

that lil girl is so lil && pretty.she was on tv but ii dont remember wht show itt wss!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mackenzie

I am 11 years old. I think that primordial dwarfism is cool. I do understand that they are just the… Read more »

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Nicole Knott

Hey hey wuzzup! I was born on the 13th day of December 1996! sup! I think this little girl has… Read more »

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Uhhhh…..I think primordial dwarfism is pretty rare, Maybe…

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Heyy my name is leah i am 16 and i just wanted to tell you how adorable your little girl… Read more »

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